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by J. Rostrup (6/9/2015):

Easy to use. Very good on rhodes and virtual instruments. The air and sub is very… Read more

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Overview

Maag EQ4® EQ Plug-In
developed by Brainworx

A Transparent, Breathy EQ that Brings your Tracks to Life.

Maag History

In a self-professed quest for “audio perfection,” Cliff Maag designed the EQ4 to provide unparalleled transparency and top-end presence while maintaining a true, natural sound. Based on his classic — and long-discontinued — NTI EQ3 from the ’80s, the EQ4 features Maag’s legendary Air Band control, a major component to the vocal mix chain on Madonna’s Ray of Light as well as Celine Dion’s Taking Chances.

Designed in conjunction with Brainworx, the Maag EQ4 Plug-In is an expertly rendered emulation of this modern classic EQ for your UAD-2 DSP Accelerator or Apollo-equipped workstation.

Now You Can…

  • Add natural, musical presence to vocals, acoustic guitars, and overheads
  • Easily elevate top-end without harshness or hiss
  • Use five-position Air Band control to quickly inject life into dull tracks
  • Make musical broadstroke EQ moves while preserving original source material

A Musical EQ for Any Instrument

Maag designed the single channel, six-band EQ4 to “lift the blanket” from source material and enhance high-end energy without imparting raspy artifacts or phase reversal. But the Maag EQ4 plug-in isn’t just engineered for high-frequency detail — it shapes signals from the top to the bottom with unfettered musicality.

 

Shape the Low End

Whether you need to jettison a polluting, ultra-low rumble, or simply increase the beef of a kick drum, the Sub control is a powerful tool. The 40 Hz band allows further low-end sculpting as it can open up the bass response in your mixes, make a kick drum bigger, or deftly smooth-out an electric bass.


 

Add Punch and Clarity

The 160 Hz band can be used to reduce unwanted resonance in vocals or punch up a kick drum, whereas a boost in the 650 Hz band will make vocals clearer and more intelligible. Conversely, cutting this band will make them less direct sounding in the mix.


 

Sculpt Presence

The 2.5 kHz band is indispensable for controlling the bite of vocals or accentuating the aggression of heavy guitar sounds.

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Air Band

The Maag EQ4 plug-in’s Air Band feature is renowned for its ability to bring an organic sheen to any source. A boost-only shelf at 2.5 kHz, 5 kHz, 10 kHz, 20 kHz, and 40 kHz, the Air Band is smooth, sweet, and pleasant sounding, as it opens up the top end response of a single track or an entire mix — even when pushed — like no other EQ.

 

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Reviews

Reviews

  • Dave Pensado

    (Black Eyed Peas, Justin Timberlake)

    "Every hit, every #1, every Grammy mix I have EVER DONE has featured Maag EQs. The EQ4 is my current favorite product from Maag Audio. I use it to EQ vocals, drums, acoustic instruments and of course the stereo buss.”

    David Reitzas

    (Madonna, Celine Dion, Guns N' Roses)

    "I've been using the Maag equipment since 1994. It's the main thing I go to for everything."

    Dylan "3-D" Dresdow

    (Black Eyed Peas, Usher, Michael Jackson)

    "The Maag Audio EQ4 is 6 bands of awesomeness. The sub is getting a lot of use on 808 kicks. The mid bands provide excellent transparency. The 2.5k provides very clear bite on vocals. The AIR BAND is as legendary as ever! It's an epic 500 series unit.”

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    Easy and good.
    by J. Rostrup(Tuesday 9 June, 2015)

    Easy to use. Very good on rhodes and virtual instruments. The air and sub is very useful. Could not live without it. Read More

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    by . (Monday 8 June, 2015)

    Hands down, one of my favorite EQs ever. It brings added life and dimension to individual tracks and on the bus. Never harsh Read More

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    Really Musical, the holy sh*t premium package!
    by J. Nathaniel(Friday 10 April, 2015)

    Seriously great Eq. Boosting with it is an instant eargasm. The air band is lovely. Like anything, handle with care and moderation. But it adds serious mojo to hip hop vocals and strings. I still have to try it on other tracks, but I'm giving it 5 stars! Read More

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    Maag EQ4
    by M. Narain(Tuesday 7 April, 2015)

    This is the sound I've been missing... It's worth every dollar...it's so easy to dial in a great sound because of the quality & I love that u move the db's in half steps. Read More

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    native
    by M. Voumvaki(Monday 6 April, 2015)

    Great eq but i bought the native version from Plugin Alliance for $89 during a sale. Read More

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Features & Specs

Key Feature Bullets

  • Exacting emulation of the Maag EQ4®
  • Six bands of equalization, including the famous AIR BAND®
  • Provides unparalleled transparency and top end presence while maintaining the true natural sound of the original signal
  • The vocal sound of Madonna, Celine Dion, Snoop Dogg, and the Black Eyed Peas
  • Endorsing producers include David Reitzas, Dave Pensado, and Dylan Dresdow 
  • EQ adjustments are obtained with minimal phase shift
  • Additional Trim Control (not found on the hardware), for easier level control
  • Constructed for demanding professional applications
  • The interaction of the band passes of the hardware has been fully captured in the plug-in version

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Parameter Specifications

  • In / Out (Power): discrete 2 step, On / Off 
  • Level Trim: continuous: -24 dB – 0 dB (Output)
  • Sub (Gain): discrete 21 step, -5.0 - 5.0 (value does not equal dB; in 0.5 steps)
  • 40 Hz (Gain): discrete 21 step, -5.0 - 5.0 (value does not equal dB; in 0.5 steps)
  • 160 Hz (Gain): discrete 21 step, -5.0 - 5.0 (value does not equal dB; in 0.5 steps)
  • 650 Hz (Gain): discrete 21 step, -5.0 - 5.0 (value does not equal dB; in 0.5 steps)
  • 2.5 kHz (Gain): discrete 21 step, -5.0 - 5.0 (value does not equal dB; in 0.5 steps)
  • Air Gain: discrete 21 step, 0 - 10.0 (value does not equal dB; in 0.5 steps)
  • Air Band (Frequency): discrete 6 step (Off, 2.5 kHz, 5 kHz, 10 kHz, 20 kHz, 40 kHz)
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Docs

Maag EQ4 Manual

Apollo Software Manual (Thunderbolt)

Apollo Software Manual (FireWire)

UAD Plug-Ins Manual

UAD System Manual

UA Product Catalog

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